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You've Come a Long Way, Baby: Women, Politics, and

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You've Come a Long Way, Baby: Women, Politics, and Popular Culture

Editura: University Press of Kentucky

Anul aparitiei: 2010

The landmark 2008 presidential and vice presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin brought the role of women in American leadership into sharper focus than ever before. These women and others such as Nancy Pelosi and Katie Couric who are successful in traditionally male-dominated fields, demonstrate how women's roles have changed in the last thirty years. In the past, the nightly news was anchored by male journalists, presidential cabinets were composed solely of male advisors, and a female presidential candidate was an idea for the distant future, but the efforts of dedicated reformers have changed the social landscape. The empowerment of women is not limited to the political sphere, but is also echoed by the portrayal of women in film, television, magazines, and literature. You've Come a Long Way, Baby: Women, Politics, and Popular Culture investigates the role of popular culture in women's lives. Framed by discussions of contemporary feminism, the volume examines gender in relation to sexuality, the workplace, consumerism, fashion, politics, and the beauty industry. In analyzing societal depictions of women, editor Lilly J. Goren and an impressive list of ...

  

The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the

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David Eng, David L. Eng

The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy

Editura: Duke University Press Books

Anul aparitiei: 2010

In The Feeling of Kinship, David L. Eng investigates the emergence of "queer liberalism"--the empowerment of certain gays and lesbians in the United States, economically through an increasingly visible and mass-mediated queer consumer lifestyle, and politically through the legal protection of rights to privacy and intimacy. Eng argues that in our "colorblind" age the emergence of queer liberalism is a particular incarnation of liberal freedom and progress, one constituted by both the racialization of intimacy and the forgetting of race. Through a startling reading of Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark legal decision overturning Texas's antisodomy statute, Eng reveals how the ghosts of miscegenation haunt both Lawrence and the advent of queer liberalism.Eng develops the concept of "queer diasporas" as a critical response to queer liberalism. A methodology drawing attention to new forms of family and kinship, accounts of subjects and subjectivities, and relations of affect and desire, the concept differs from the traditional notions of diaspora, theories of the nation-state, and principles of neoliberal capitalism upon which queer liberalism thrives. Eng analyzes films, documentaries, ...

  

Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in

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Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Charisse Jones

Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America

Editura: Harper Perennial

Anul aparitiei: 2004

Based on the African American Women's Voices Project, Shifting reveals that a large number of African American women feel pressure to com-promise their true selves as they navigate America's racial and gender bigotry. Black women "shift" by altering the expectations they have for themselves or their outer appearance. They modify their speech. They shift "White" as they head to work in the morning and "Black" as they come back home each night. They shift inward, internalizing the searing pain of the negative stereotypes that they encounter daily. And sometimes they shift by fighting back. With deeply moving interviews, poignantly revealed on each page, Shifting is a much-needed, clear, and comprehensive portrait of the reality of African American women's lives today.

  

The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth

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The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth about Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage

Editura: Harper Perennial

Anul aparitiei: 2003

Virginia Woolf introduced us to the "Angel in the House," now prepare to meet... The Bitch In the House.Women today have more choices than at any time in history, yet many smart, ambitious, contemporary women are finding themselves angry, dissatisfied, stressed out. Why are they dissatisfied? And what do they really want? These questions form the premise of this passionate, provocative, funny, searingly honest collection of original essays in which twenty-six women writers--ranging in age from twenty-four to sixty-five, single and childless or married with children or four times divorced--invite readers into their lives, minds, and bedrooms to talk about the choices they've made, what's working, and what's not.With wit and humor, in prose as poetic and powerful as it is blunt and dead-on, these intriguing women offer details of their lives that they've never publicly revealed before, candidly sounding off on: - The difficult decisions and compromises of living with lovers, marrying, staying single and having children- The perpetual tug of war between love and work, family and career- The struggle to simultaneously care for ailing parents and a young family- The myth of ...

  

The Meaning of Wife: A Provocative Look at Women

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Anne Kingston

The Meaning of Wife: A Provocative Look at Women and Marriage in the Twenty-First Century

Editura: Picador USA

Anul aparitiei: 2006

Delving into the complex, troubling, and sometimes humorous contradictions, illusions, and realities of contemporary wifehood, this book takes the reader on a journey into the wedding industrial complex. Anne Kingston looks at "wife backlash," and the new wave of neo-traditionalism that urges women to marry young; explores the apotheosis of abused wives and the strange celebration of wives who kill; and muses on the fact that Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart, two of the world's wealthiest and most influential women, are both unmarried. The result is an entertaining mix of social, sexual, historical, and economic commentary that is bound to stir debate even as it reframes our view of both women and marriage.

  

No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the

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Estelle B. Freedman

No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women

Editura: Ballantine Books

Anul aparitiei: 2003

"On the situations of women around the world today, this one book provides more illumination and insight than a dozen others combined. . . . Freedman's survey is a triumph of global scope and informed precision." -NANCY F. COTT Professor of History, Harvard University Repeatedly declared dead by the media, the women's movement has never been as vibrant as it is today. Indeed as Stanford professor and award-winning author Estelle B. Freedman argues in her compelling book, feminism has reached a critical momentum from which there is no turning back. Freedman examines the historical forces that have fueled the feminist movement over the past two hundred years-and explores how women today are looking to feminism for new approaches to issues of work, family, sexuality, and creativity. Drawing examples from a variety of countries and cultures, from the past and the present, this inspiring narrative will be required reading for anyone who wishes to understand the role women play in the world. Searching in its analysis and global in its perspective, No Turning Back will stand as a defining text in one of the most important social movements of all time.

  

Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty

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Nancy Etcoff

Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty

Editura: Anchor Books

Anul aparitiei: 2000

A provocative and thoroughly researched inquiry into what we find beautiful and why, skewering the myth that the pursuit of beauty is a learned behavior. In Survival of the Prettiest, Nancy Etcoff, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and a practicing psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, argues that beauty is neither a cultural construction, an invention of the fashion industry, nor a backlash against feminism--it's in our biology. Beauty, she explains, is an essential and ineradicable part of human nature that is revered and ferociously pursued in nearly every civilization--and for good reason. Those features to which we are most attracted are often signals of fertility and fecundity. When seen in the context of a Darwinian struggle for survival, our sometimes extreme attempts to attain beauty--both to become beautiful ourselves and to acquire an attractive partner--suddenly become much more understandable. Moreover, if we understand how the desire for beauty is innate, then we can begin to work in our own interests, and not just the interests of our genetic tendencies.

  

Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women in Second

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Suzanne Braun Levine

Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women in Second Adulthood

Editura: Plume Books

Anul aparitiei: 2006

New brain research is proving it: Women at midlife really do start to see the world differently. Some 37 million women now entering their fifties and sixties a unique generation are refashioning their lives, with dramatic results. They have fulfilled all the prescribed roles daughter, wife, mother, employee, but they re not ready to retire. They want to experience more. Suzanne Braun Levine gives us a fun, smart, and tremendously informative road map through the challenging and uncharted territory that lies ahead."

  

The Woman's Bible: A Classic Feminist Perspective

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The Woman's Bible: A Classic Feminist Perspective

Editura: Dover Publications

Anul aparitiei: 2003

The publication of The Woman's Bible in 1895 and 1898 represented the last crusade of pioneer feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton to strike at the roots of the ideology behind her gender's subordinate role in society. In the tradition of radical individualism that guided her philosophy, Stanton's attack on religious orthodoxy is more a forceful political treatise than a scholarly work. This clarion call to action, assembled by Stanton and a committee of prominent feminists, consists of a book-by-book examination of the Bible, placing events in their historical context, interpreting passages as both allegory and fact, and comparing them with the myths of other cultures. Over a century later, it endures as an extraordinary document because of the questions it addresses, the topics it covers, and the still-resonant sincerity of its righteous indignation. Readers with an interest in theology, women's studies, or American history will find this milestone of religious and feminist literature an ever-relevant source of information and inspiration.

  

How to Be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life

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Audrey Hepburn

How to Be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life

Editura: Dutton Books

Anul aparitiei: 2004

"Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book and remembering- because you can't take it all in at once." --Audrey HepburnOn many occasions, she was approached to pen her autobiography, the definitive book of Audrey Hepburn, yet she never agreed. A beloved icon who found success as an actress, a mother and an humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn perfected the art of gracious living.More philosophy than biography, How to Be Lovely revisits the many interviews Audrey gave over the years, allowing us to hear her voice directly on universal topics of concern to women the world over: careers, love lives, motherhood and relationships. Enhanced by rarely seen photographs, behind-the-scenes stories, and insights from the friends who knew her well, How to Be Lovely uncovers the real Audrey, in her own words.While she would have been the last to say so, Audrey Hepburn was an expert in the art of being a woman. How to Be Lovely imparts whatever wisdom and insight she found along the way to the millions who grew up, or will grow up, wanting to be just like her.Published to coincide with Audrey Hepburn's ...

  

A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard,

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Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 1991

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE Drawing on the diaries of one woman in eighteenth-century Maine, this intimate history illuminates the medical practices, household economies, religious rivalries, and sexual mores of the New England frontier. Between 1785 and 1812 a midwife and healer named Martha Ballard kept a diary that recorded her arduous work (in 27 years she attended 816 births) as well as her domestic life in Hallowell, Maine. On the basis of that diary, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich gives us an intimate and densely imagined portrait, not only of the industrious and reticent Martha Ballard but of her society. At once lively and impeccably scholarly, A Midwife's Tale is a triumph of history on a human scale.

  

Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities

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Alexandra Robbins

Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities

Editura: Hyperion Books

Anul aparitiei: 2005

2015 Edition: With a New Preface, Afterword, and Updates. "Alexandra Robbins rips into the secret, sordid underbelly of sororities."--Vanity Fair Updated ten years after it is original publication, Pledged by Alexandra Robbins is as timely today as it was when first published. With salacious breaking news about fraternities and sororities shocking the general public (and members themselves) Pledged exposes what really goes on behind the facades of some of these Greek organizations. Robbins, an investigative journalist, went undercover as a sorority sister; her expose is a breathtaking narrative of tumultuous breakups, fights, drunk driving, stalkers, cover-ups, predation by faculty and staff, theft, rape, and an abundance of drugs and alcohol, and much, much more.

  

The Art and Power of Being a Lady

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Noelle Cleary, Dini Von Mueffling

The Art and Power of Being a Lady

Editura: Grove Press

Anul aparitiei: 2002

"Lady." Let's face it: the word brings to mind a host of associations many of which call to mind costume dramas or tea-sipping debutantes. That is, until "The Art and Power of Being a Lady " the book that brushes the cobwebs off and makes "lady" relevant to every girl and woman whether her role model is Audrey Hepburn, Oprah Winfrey, Madeleine Albright, Lauryn Hill, or Mia Hamm. In an era when looking out for one another and taking the high road is too often lost in the shuffle, today's lady has not forgotten what's important. She is kind and considerate without being a doormat. She's assertive, but never a bully. She is sexy without being vulgar. She has great style but is never superficial. She gives back without asking for kudos. And from now on, the perfect word to describe her is "lady.""

  

Telling Memories Among Southern Women: Domestic

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Susan Tucker

Telling Memories Among Southern Women: Domestic Workers and Their Employers in the Segregated South

Editura: Louisiana State University Press

Anul aparitiei: 2002

This is a collection of oral-history narratives that explore the complex bond between black female domestic workers and their white employers from the turn of the 20th century to the civil rights revolution of the 1960s. It is based on interviews with 42 women of both races from the Deep South.

  

A Patchwork Shawl: Chronicles of South Asian Women

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A Patchwork Shawl: Chronicles of South Asian Women in America

Editura: Rutgers University Press

Anul aparitiei: 1998

A Patchwork Shawl sheds light on the lives of a segment of the U.S. immigrant population that has long been relegated to the margins. It focuses on women's lives that span different worlds: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and the United States. This collection of essays by and about South Asian women in America challenges stereotypes by allowing women to speak in their own words. Together they provide discerning insights into the reconstruction of immigrant patriarchy in a new world, and the development of women's resistance to that reconstruction. Shamita Das DasGupta's introduction also acquaints readers with the psychological topography of the South Asian community. A Patchwork Shawl considers topics from re-negotiation of identity to sexuality, violence to intimacy, occupations to organizing within the community. The essays bear witness to women's negotiations for independent identities, their claim to their own bodies, and the right to choose relationships based on their own histories and truths. They bring new understanding to the intersection of gender, ethnicity, race, sexuality, and class.

  

Rebel Girls: Youth Activism and Social Change

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Jessica Taft

Rebel Girls: Youth Activism and Social Change Across the Americas

Editura: New York University Press

Anul aparitiei: 2010

From anti-war walkouts to anarchist youth newspapers, rallies against educational privatization, and workshops on fair trade, teenage girls are active participants and leaders in a variety of social movements. Rebel Girls: Youth Activism and Social Change Across the Americas illuminates the experiences and perspectives of these uniquely positioned agents of social change. Jessica K. Taft introduces readers to a diverse and vibrant transnational community of teenage girl activists in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mexico City, Caracas, Buenos Aires, and Vancouver. Expansive in scope and full of rich details, Taft brings to life the voices of these inspiring activists who are engaged in innovative and effective organizing for global and local social justice, highlighting their important contributions to contemporary social movements and social theory. Rebel Girls explores how teenage girls construct activist identities, rejecting and redefining girlhood and claiming political authority for youth in the process. Taft examines the girl activists' social movement strategies and collective political practices, detailing their shared commitments to process-based political education, ...

  

Playing with Fire: Feminist Thought and Activism

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Sangtin Writers

Playing with Fire: Feminist Thought and Activism Through Seven Lives in India

Editura: University of Minnesota Press

Anul aparitiei: 2006

Seven voices contribute to this rare glimpse of the work being done on the front lines of the fight for social change in India. Playing with Fire is written in the collective voice of women employed by a large NGO as activists in their communities and is based on diaries, interviews, and conversations among them. Together their personal stories reveal larger themes and questions of sexism, casteism, and communalism, and a startling picture emerges of how NGOs both nourish and stifle local struggles for solidarity. The Hindi edition of the book, Sangtin Yatra, published in 2004, created controversy that resulted in backlash against the authors by their employer. The publication also drew support for the women and instigated a public conversation about the issues exposed in the book. Here, Richa Nagar addresses the dispute in the context of the politics of NGOs and feminist theory, articulating how development ideology employed by aid organizations serves to reinforce the domination of those it claims to help. The Sangtin Writers, Anupamlata, Ramsheela, Reshma Ansari, Richa Singh, Shashibala, Shashi Vaish, Surbala, and Vibha Bajpayee, are grassroots activists and members of a small ...

  

Knights Without Armor

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Aaron Kipnis

Knights Without Armor

Editura: Indigo Phoenix Books

Anul aparitiei: 2004

Knights Without Armor: A Guide to The Inner Lives of Men By Aaron R. Kipnis, Ph.D. A powerful volume and helpful guide - Publishers Weekly Thoughtful and provocative - San Francisco Chronicle Kipnis' elegant portraits of men offer poignant support for his claims - Los Angeles Times A fresh vision that points the way for a new male psychology (from foreword by Robert A. Johnson) From the publisher: This completely revised and new edition offers any reader real insights into the often-private thoughts of men. It represents many years of practice, research and consulting devoted to educating parents, teachers and counselors about key aspects of male psychology that are often poorly understood in treatment and education. For women who want to better understand their relationships with men and for men who want to hear some straight talk from men who are courageously revisioning their lives, this book will be quite helpful. Dr Aaron Kipnis is a psychologist and full time professor in Santa Barbara, CA. He is the author of Angry Young Men, What Women and Men Really Want, and many other works about the inner lives of men and boys. For more information, online articles, vitae and press kit ...

  

Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood,

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Gwendolyn D. Pough

Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere

Editura: Northeastern University Press

Anul aparitiei: 2004

Hip-hop culture began in the early 1970s as the creative and activist expressions -- graffiti writing, dee-jaying, break dancing, and rap music -- of black and Latino youth in the depressed South Bronx, and the movement has since grown into a worldwide cultural phenomenon that permeates almost every aspect of society, from speech to dress. But although hip-hop has been assimilated and exploited in the mainstream, young black women who came of age during the hip-hop era are still fighting for equality. In this provocative study, Gwendolyn D. Pough explores the complex relationship between black women, hip-hop, and feminism. Examining a wide range of genres, including rap music, novels, spoken word poetry, hip-hop cinema, and hip-hop soul music, she traces the rhetoric of black women bringing wreck. Pough demonstrates how influential women rappers such as Queen Latifah, Missy Elliot, and Lil' Kim are building on the legacy of earlier generations of women -- from Sojourner Truth to sisters of the black power and civil rights movements -- to disrupt and break into the dominant patriarchal public sphere. She discusses the ways in which today's young black women struggle against the ...

  

Transforming a Rape Culture

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Transforming a Rape Culture

Editura: Milkweed Editions

Anul aparitiei: 2005

First published in 1993, Transforming a Rape Culture has provided a new understanding of sexual violence and its origins in this culture. This groundbreaking work seeks nothing less than fundamental cultural change: the transformation of basic attitudes about power, gender, race, and sexuality. The editors thoroughly reviewed the book for this new edition, selecting eight new essays that address topics such as rape as war crime, sports and sexual violence, sexual abuse among the clergy, conflict between traditional mores and women's rights in the Asian American and Latin American communities, as well insightful analyses of cyberporn. The diverse contributors are activists, opinion leaders, theologians, policymakers, educators, and authors of both genders. An excellent text for undergraduate classes in Women's Studies, Family Sociology or Criminal Justice, the book is being reissued on the 10th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.

  
 
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